In an old fashioned glass places the sugar and bitters in the bottom and stir to combine.
Place one large ice cube in the glass.
Pour bourbon over the ice cube.
Stir to combine.
Garnish with cocktail cherries, or a twist.
The Old Fashioned, today it’s mostly known as a mixture of whiskey, simple syrup, bitters, and an orange peel. Historically, an Old Fashioned was the answer to “what is a cocktail?”. As early as 1806 a cocktail was defined as a combination of spirits, water, sugar, and bitters. All other cocktails derive from an Old Fashioned. It is the foundation for the cocktail industry. Experiment! A brandy Old Fashioned has same historical relevancy as a whiskey Old Fashioned, as does a rum Old Fashioned.
Use a combination of your favorite spirit, bitters, and sweet to find the perfect cocktail for you.